Brilliant is made with the loving efforts of dedicated math and science educators and lifelong
learners from MIT, Caltech, Duke, the University of Chicago, and more.
Director of Mathematics
B.S. in Mathematics, MIT
Leader and teacher at the most prestigious US math circles
Zandra came to Brilliant because she couldn't stop solving the problems after signing up. Before starting here, she was a curriculum developer at the Museum of Math in Manhattan and studied Math and Math Education at MIT. She's passionate about impacting education globally and making critical thinking accessible…
“Most of why I teach is because I love when students have those 'AAAAH THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW' moments.”
Advanced Mathematics Lead
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D. in Physics, UC Berkeley
Teacher with 11 years of experience
Patrick's love for mathematics came from an initial fascination with astronomy. Realizing that understanding astrophysics would be impossible without advanced mathematics, he received advanced degrees in both areas. For his Ph.D. in Mathematics, he did research in minimal surface theory…
“I hope to inspire new generations to pursue higher-levels of mathematics and provide the resources and guidance I didn't have as a budding mathematician.”
Foundational Mathematics Lead
B.S. in Mathematics and B.F.A in Fine Arts Studies, University of Arizona
Created a video series that taught algebra through motocross racing
As Brilliant's Foundational Math Lead, Jason is passionate about making math content accessible and enjoyable to everyone.
Jason has always loved puzzles and art—he has a collection of GAMES World of Puzzle magazines dating back to the 1980s, plays four instruments,…
“I want to make the clarity and joy of math understandable to everyone.”
Director of Science
Ph.D. in Biological Physics, The Scripps Research Institute
Published in Molecular Systems Biology
Josh was born in the greatest place on Earth — Long Island, New York. His earliest scientific memory is figuring out why wood and styrofoam float while rocks sink, which impressed his first grade teacher. In high school, a great chemistry class led Josh to a research position at Rockefeller University…
Applied Science Lead
M.S. in Materials Science and Applied Physics, Caltech
11 publications, 4 biotech patents; science consultant for Bones and CSI
Blake owes a lot of his interest in science to numerous family pets and the Dewey Decimal system. While taking care of his dogs, cats, lizards, parrots, and snakes, he developed a love for the natural world and explored the neighborhood library for more information. The chemistry, physics, and…
“The easiest way to teach is through lectures, but it's hard to learn that way. We make the effort to teach the hard way, through crafting challenging and interactive problems.”
Foundational Science Lead
B.S. in Neuroscience,
Duke University
Established and led the science department at Summit Tamalpais
Danielle started working in research labs when she was 14 and has built up experience across a breadth of scientific research, including chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. With her research, Danielle successfully competed in several science and engineering competitions. She decided to pursue…
“I know how valuable it is to have access to a great STEM education. That's why I love working at Brilliant, where there's the possibility to reach students all over the world.”
Advanced Science Lead
Ph.D. in Physics,
Penn State University
Designed and taught college courses on topics in physics and AI
Aaron's preoccupation with puzzles started in elementary school and later shifted to a passion for exploring how the universe works. He entered Cornell University as a math major, but after seeing how the formalism of vector calculus was applied in physics courses, he decided to finish undergraduate…
“The common thread through my teaching has been posing questions that compel students to think creatively, like scientists, instead of algorithmically, like computers.”
B.S. in Mathematics, MIT
Director of Harvard-MIT math tournament; USA Mathematical Olympiad 2009
After qualifying for the USA Mathematical Olympiad, winning engineering competitions, and organizing one of the largest math tournaments in Florida, Eli decided to drop out of high school at age 16 to pursue a degree in Mathematics at MIT. While at MIT, Eli honed his broader desire to use data and logic…
“My hope is to democratize access to cutting-edge quantitative literacy. Without that, most people will be shut out of the critical decisions shaping our collective future.”
M.S. in Mathematics,
University of Chicago
International Math Olympiad ‘01, ‘02
Calvin began noticing flaws with the education system in high school, when he found himself memorizing concepts instead of truly understanding them. In college, he learned how these concepts come together and form a larger framework, and he hasn't looked back since…
“We do not need to train robots. What we need are independent, critical thinkers who can solve novel problems that no one knows exist yet.”
Over 70 instructors and researchers from around the world have contributed to the courses on Brilliant.
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